Amec Foster Wheeler

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Great company to work for.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler

Pros

Excellent work/life balance. Positive & Negative feedback is HIGHLY encouraged. Employees track hours spent on projects as they are billable to the client, so anything over 40/week goes toward vacation. 9/80 program (optional) allows employees, over a two week period, to work 9 of 10 days, still totaling 80 hours total, taking every other friday off! However, this is a luxury, so if the project(s) need you, you're in for overtime. Very competitive salary. Training is available for specialized engineering software. Friendly work environment. Very forward thinking company. Observant of employees needs. Company is proud of their Safety record.

Cons

Many engineering disciplines utilize a specialized piece of software which has a heavy learning curve. Quality of work from other offices can occationally fall short of Minneapolis's standards.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep promoting the employee feedback from team leaders & management. Thank you for offering the 9/80 program. Keep up the good work.

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    Pretty Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Amec Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    The company is profitable and continuously has work.
    There are many opportunities for professional growth and career advancement (see related note in cons).
    The company is more than happy to cross-train their staff to do more than one job.
    The company works with staff during slow periods to keep them employed.
    Benefits, including sick, personal leave, holidays, vacation, insurance and investment opportunies are astounding! Even better, they start accruing/available for use on day one of employment - no waiting periods.
    AMEC is a drug free workplace and will conduct drug tests on employees.

    Cons

    The company is extremely top-heavy. There are many VPs, senior managers, senior scientists, etc in a given area. This makes it difficult to win projects because of higher billing rates.
    AMEC frequently acquires other companies (usually a good sign), but then reorganizes geographic regions and breaks up good, profitable teams.
    Some offices are extremely territorial, making it difficult to work in your geographic area.
    Billing rates are skewed for engineers, and do not take into account that scientists (e.g., GIS techs, biologists, archaeologists, and field technicians) typically get paid less.
    Some staff are over-paid for their level of education, experience, and number of client contacts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce then number of senior scientists and increase the number of field techs. Increasing the number of mid and lower level staff allows us to bid and win our projects fairly and helps others get more experience. Senior Management also needs to understand that, even though they are engineers, not everyone else is. Therefore, bringing in lots of engineering work does not mean that all programs are growing.
    Provide more opportunities for mid level staff to travel internationally. The more experience that your mid level staff have, the more marketable they become.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Employees, including Professional Engineers were micro-managed to the point of revolt.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting and Business Manager in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting and Business Manager in Commerce, CA

    I worked at Amec Foster Wheeler

    Pros

    Great salary, high professional competence,training available, software support excellent, and safety conscious.
      The professionals were among the best in the country.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, poor business and contract judgement, poor communication from top manangement, criticized for performance over budget or under budget.
       Each week and each month, each quarter and at the end of each year, budgets were reviewed and evaluated. If an office did much better than expected, then the office had to have a live conference with regional management to explain why they did so much better than predicted. If they did not meet their budget for one month, they were equally criticized for failing to predict acccuartely. As a result, offices that did well, hid hundreds of thousands of profits, so that they could pull out the extra profits if needed during a poor month. At more than one episode, the professionals all sent out their resumes and were on the verge of obtaining new employment to obtain leverage with top management to change their micromanagement techniques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the company has merged, perhaps the environment has changed and should be re-evaluated. Laying off ALL Managment (10%) of the national work force in 2008? Is that just insane?

    Doesn't Recommend
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